Come celebrate soybeans and connect with the farmers who grow them during Dakotafest 2018 in the South Dakota Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) tent, located on Seed Row on 1st Street in Lot 6. Dakotafest is held in Mitchell, August 21-23 (2300 East Spruce Street). The SDSRPC tent opens each day at 9 a.m. Free SDSU ice cream is served August 22 and soybean growers who stop by the SDSRPC tent and sign up for SD Soybean updates will receive a free, 16-can cooler (while supplies last).
All South Dakota soybean farmers are encouraged to enter the 2018 South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest on or before the deadline of August 31, 2018.
July 6, 2018 – President Trump’s 25 percent tariffs on $24 billion of Chinese goods took effect at midnight on July 6. Retaliatory tariffs imposed from the Chinese government mean major impacts for soybean growers across the state and the country. Over two thirds of South Dakota’s annual export crop is exported, primarily to Asia. U.S. soybeans represent 41 percent of the value of products on China’s tariff list. With China being the largest export market for U.S. soybeans, farmers who are already challenged with soft markets and low prices will see serious damage.
South Dakota soybean growers are encouraged to vote in the District 5 board of directors election for the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC). The election is May 14-June 15, 2018.
Although research shows earlier planting dates typically improve soybean yields, Mother Nature had other plans this spring, with extended cold and wet weather conditions delaying planting for many South Dakota soybean growers.
The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) joins the American Soybean Association (ASA) in calling on President Trump to reconsider Chinese tariffs which have caused soybean markets to drop nearly 40 cents a bushel this morning.
On our farm, many of the best management decisions we’ve made during this downturn have centered around voluntary conservation practices. In lieu of trying to raise higher-risk cash crops on our marginal acres, we’ve been converting those areas to alfalfa or grass, depending on what works best in each situation.
While planning for the 2018 growing season, the South Dakota soybean checkoff encourages soybean farmers to sign up for the South Dakota Soybean On-Farm Research Program.
The South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) encourages South Dakota soybean growers to run for open positions on the SDSRPC board of directors.
Close to 70 percent of soybeans harvested in South Dakota are exported. In February, the South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC) hosted a See For Yourself Tour to Mexico. The tour provided South Dakota soybean growers with the opportunity to see where a portion of the nearly 255 million bushels of soybeans they harvest each year end up when they leave South Dakota’s fields.
“This tour puts a face to the product. It lets South Dakota farmers meet those who buy our soybeans and develop stronger relationships with these buyers,” said Tim Ostrem, Centerville farmer and SDSRPC board member. It also allows us to highlight the role the South Dakota soybean checkoff plays in developing international markets.”